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Overview

Delivery mode: Blended

  • This program will be delivered during COVID-19 as a combination of online and on-campus learning.
  • Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
  • We are putting measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see BCIT COVID-19 Return to Operations for details on the mandatory procedures that have been implemented.
  • Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.
  • Learn more about how this program is adapting learning during COVID-19.

 

Podcasts, YouTube video series, streaming radio, audio books, commercial web series, sports coverage, and of course, traditional radio—all these media arts industries are looking for more and more skilled people to run, host, program, and manage the growing amount of content in today’s digital world.

To give you the real-world skills and experience you need for a successful career in media arts and entertainment, BCIT has developed this job-focused, 2-year program. In this program, you’ll prepare for a media career in a variety of fields by studying things like audio, video, reporting, coordinating, and event planning. Additionally, you’ll get invaluable hands-on experience with two practicums and work at Canada’s only student-run radio station, Evolution 107.9.

About the program

  • 2 years, full-time
  • Courses from September to May
  • 90% of grads find work in a related industry within 3 months of graduating
  • The only campus in Canada where students run every aspect of the school radio station, Evolution 107.9

Learn more about why BCIT’s program has one of the best reputations in the industry on the Program Details page.

Work integrated learning

Every full-time diploma program has a practicum component where students spend time with an industry partner (TV and Radio stations; production, sports and entertainment companies). Practicums are typically 4 weeks long.

Students may also have the opportunity to enter co-op in level four.

Who should apply for the BCIT Radio Arts and Entertainment Diploma?

If you’re interested in a unique career in new entertainment media, including digital and analog radio, podcasts, broadcasts, and more, this program is for you.

You’ll be successful in this program and career if you are:

  • Flexible and can think on your feet
  • Creative
  • Energetic and outgoing
  • Lively
  • Dynamic
  • People-smart and a savvy problem solver

If you’re excited for a career in the media arts, start your journey today by applying on our Entrance Requirements page.

Your experience matters

Do you already have some experience working in radio or digital broadcast? Or have some post-secondary course work? You might qualify for advanced placement to help speed your education and entry into your new career in media arts.

What grads can do

With so much practical experience throughout the program, BCIT graduates are prepared with the knowledge and skills required to launch into a career in media arts. In fact, 90% of graduates find work within a related industry within three months of graduation.

Learn more about the career opportunities awaiting you on our Graduating and Jobs page.

Entrance Requirements

Students with part-time employment require flexible hours to accommodate the work schedule of this program. The Radio Arts and Entertainment program always receives more applications than available seats, so apply early.

Advanced Placement

Costs & Supplies

Bring Your Own Device & additional equipment

Students are required to have their own laptop and additional equipment for recording, editing, and storing audio and other media. Please refer to the Bring Your Own Device Specifications [PDF] for requirements.

Laptop costs vary depending on the configuration chosen, but will likely range from approximately $1,000 to $2,000.

Vehicles

Radio Arts & Entertainment students do not need to own a vehicle. However, students must have a valid driver’s license and may need access to a vehicle to complete work necessary for certain individual and group projects.

Courses

In the Radio Arts and Entertainment diploma program, you’ll learn the industry of media arts, audio production, and more with a mix of practical experience and in-class study. As well as classes like Music & Media Business, Journalism, Script Performance, and Sound Design, you’ll get hands-on experience with our student-run radio station, Evolution 107.9, and two in-the-field practicums.

Program Details

The need for qualified job applicants in media arts and entertainment fields like digital shows, radio broadcast, audio recording, and music has never been greater or more exciting. That’s why BCIT’s Radio Arts and Entertainment diploma program has been developed by industry professionals to give students the most up-to-date, necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in this challenging, creative field.

In this program, you’ll receive extensive instruction in on-air performance and operations, interviewing, media writing, online and social media, digital production, marketing and advertising for media and news, and sports reporting. As part of your instruction, you’ll get valuable experience in our full digital facilities on current industry equipment.

In addition to academic courses, you’ll receive much practical experience via structured simulations, practicums, and work on Canada’s only student-run radio station, Evolution 107.9.

In fact, at our on-campus radio station — which is available as streaming audio, through iTunes radio, and broadcast through on-air signal — you’ll get to record and interview artists like Juno award-winner Dan Mangan.

Graduating & Jobs

BCIT’s Radio Arts and Entertainment diploma is offered at one of the most respected media arts schools in Canada—and for you, that means you’ll have the skills, experience, knowledge, and credentials to begin a successful career in this exciting field.

With your diploma, you’ll be eligible to continue your studies into a communications degree at several institutions, including Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. We even have an articulation agreement with Murdoch University in Australia!

Some career opportunities in media arts available to you as a BCIT graduate include:

  • News/Sports/Entertainment Anchor
  • On-Air Host
  • Digital Audio Producer
  • Social Media Coordinator
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Media Sales Representative
  • Play-by-Play Announcer
  • Reporter
  • Technical Producer
  • Voice-Over Talent
  • Podcast Producer
  • Music Director
  • Media Relations Coordinator
  • Interviewer
  • Promotions Coordinator
  • Commercial Copywriter

Testimonials

“BCIT was a great place for me. I met amazing people and walked away from my two year experience with the skills I needed to work in the broadcast industry. I have great memories of my time spent there, and definitely recommend it to anyone interested in a career in media.”
Tamara Taggart

“The Radio Arts & Entertainment program taught me all the necessary skills to become a successful broadcaster and gave me the confidence to believe in myself. It shaped me to become very versatile in different areas in media and I am so happy with the decision to go to BCIT. I would highly recommend the Radio Arts & Entertainment program to anyone considering a career in media, broadcast, or communications.”
Simone Grewal, Z95.3

“This Program gave me great building blocks for strong communications skills, such as storytelling, understanding your audience, and pushing my creativity, that I definitely still use today. Those two years, and the great people I shared them with, continue to be important to my career.”
Russel Lolacher, Web and Social Media Director, BC Government

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

The BCIT Radio Arts and Entertainment faculty has been preparing students for the many facets of the broadcasting industry longer than any other facility in the province. Our enviable track record means you will learn from only the most qualified instructors who possess a unique combination of skill-sets. These skills have been developed not only by working in industry, but also as educators.

There are five full-time faculty dedicated entirely to the Radio Arts and Entertainment program. They are not paid by the hour on a part-time basis. Each instructor is responsible for specific areas of the curriculum and the program is designed to enable access to any instructor for assistance.

The range of experience our faculty brings to you includes on-air broadcasting, music industry, audio and video production, news and sports, web and social media content writing and management, sales, marketing, and advertising. Each member of the teaching staff has extensive industry experience along with prior training in adult education.

  • Kathryn Stewart, Program Head
  • Brian Wiebe, Instructor
  • Dennis O’Neill, Instructor
  • Kevin Ribble, Instructor
  • Todd Hancock, Assistant Instructor

Advisory committee

  • Shushma Datt, Owner, Spice Radio, i.t. Media Broadcasting
  • Mike Eggen, Senior Account Executive, Bell Media Vancouver
  • Brian Adler, Producer/Co-Founder, Mom and Dad Production Inc.
  • Mike Whittingham, Program Director, TSN 1040, Bell Media Vancouver
  • Cal Koat, Owner, Calcopyrite Communications Inc.
  • Simone Grewal, On Air, Digital Content Editor, Social Media & Online Blogger Z953, Newcap Radio
  • Chris Duncombe, Director of New Media, Corus Radio
  • Taryn Stephenson, Brand Partnership & Sponsorship at Music Heals Canada
  • Pamela Jones, Owner, Soundswrite Communications
  • Erin McKinley, Senior Media Relations Advisor, Coast Capital Savings
  • Steve Pratt, Partner, Pacific Content
  • Taralynn Reburn, Account Manager, Corporate Partnerships, Vancouver Canucks
  • Stephanie Pound, Communications Coordinator, BC Assessment
  • Russel Lolacher, Director of Web and Multimedia Services, BC Ministry of Transportation
  • Ross Hawse, Former Regional Manager, BC South, Vista Radio

Contact Us

General enquiries

Judy Phipps
Administrative Assistant
604-432-8863 | Judy_Phipps@bcit.ca

Brian Wiebe
Admissions Coordinator
604-432-8595 | Brian_Wiebe@bcit.ca

Kathryn Stewart
Student Internship Coordinator
604-456-8025 | Kathryn_Stewart@bcit.ca

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  • Program selection and program planning
  • Applying for transfer credit and advanced placement
  • Job placement and graduate outcomes
  • Student life

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